Morality and Ethics

I liked the basic components of morality that were presented. I think the division of the items that was made also helped me to better understand the difference between morality and ethics. Thank you!

International Ethics Project

Many people use Morals and Ethics interchangeably and for good reason, if you look up the definition of morals it will reference ethics in a somewhat circular definition, same goes if you up ethics. I will make an important distinction. Ethics represents innate knowledge of right/wrong distinctions. Ethics transcends culture, religion and time.

Morals are culturally and religiously based distinctions of right/wrong. The sphere of morality does overlap the sphere of ethics which makes distinctions between the two difficult. Mortality claims knowledge of ethics but it does so through culturally based connection. Both terms denote a knowledge of right and wrong actions but the foundations of that knowledge are divergent.

According to Jonathan Haidt ( Professor of Ethical leadership at New York University) basic components of morality are-

  1. Harm/Care
  2. Fairness/Reciprocity
  3. In-group/Loyalty
  4. Authority/Respect
  5. Purity/Sanctity

This foundation of morality stretches across cultures throughout history and even is found in the animal kingdom…

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